Every big company has lobbyists, but Google’s spending is especially significant what with that whole “do no evil” thing they claim to live by. Everyone knows that lobbyists are paid to push the agendas of the companies they represent and apparently Google has a lot of agenda to push. Google spent more than both Apple and Facebook combined – pushing their agenda with lawmakers last quarter. Apple’s third quarter expenditure was $340,000, while Facebook spent $120,000 in the period.
Google increased its spending on lobbying by 11% over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter, according to Consumer Watchdog. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. Disclosure records filed with the Senate Office of Public Records show Google has spent $3.92 million so far this year compared with $4.03 million in all of 2009. Among the issues Google tried to influence were online advertising regulation including privacy and competition issues, patent reform, online consumer protection, cloud computing, renewable energy, smart grid, Congressional Internet service usage rules and broadband access.
“Google has a group of well-connected lobbyists and is willing to spend freely to influence federal lawmakers and regulators,” said John M. Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s Inside Google Project. “They appear to be on track to spend a total of $5 million to peddle influence this year.”
But you know who did outspend Google? Microsoft. Is it just me or is Google starting to look more and more like the big bad boogie man up there in Redmond every day?